aaccording to Kelly Ong, Atty. Rene Saguisag will be defending the family in lieu of Atty. Trixie who is undergoing a three year suspension (on a previous unrelated case). For most of us, we know Atty. Saguisag as a Senator who served under the Cory Administration. But let’s review and get a more comprehensive insight to the man who I’m  sure will grab the spotlight in the days to come.

rene-saguisagRene A. V. Saguisag (born August 14, 1939 in Mauban, Quezon, Philippines) is a Filipino lawyer, politician and priest. He served as a Filipino Senator from 1987 until 1992. Saguisag went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1959 from San Beda College. He also later graduated cum laude from San Beda College with a bachelor of laws degree in 1963 and placed 6th in the same year’s Bar Examinations. Saguisag also obtained his Master of Laws degree from Harvard University in 1968. Rene Saguisag was one of only two Filipino Senators who attended all 415 session days from July 1987 to June 1990. Following his departure from the Senate, Saguisag became one of the leading defense lawyers in the corruption trial of former President Joseph Estrada.

Rene Saguisag was seriously injured in a car crash on November 8, 2007, in Makati City. A speeding dump truck struck Saguisag’s van, killing his wife Dulce Saguisag, a former Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development. Saguisag was left in critical condition following the collision. His injuries included seven broken ribs and small blood clots in his brain. However, his doctors stated that he had a “very good chance” of a full recovery. He spent 20 days in the intensive-care unit, and was released from the hospital on December 8, 2007.

Rene and Dulce’s youngest daughter, Kaissa Saguisag is a gymnast, but a knee injury ended her quest for gold at the 24th Southeast Asian Games.”

There is an interesting commentary he made sometime back regarding “expression of freedom.”

“Observation from columnist Rene Saguisag 
[Manila Times, Oct. 15, 2013]

The Iglesia ni Cristo should now announce its next laudable Kabayan Ko Kapatid Ko medical mission, well in advance, so the rest of us can adjust accordingly.

Good the courts could function the morning of their medical mission yesterday (Oct. 14) so a Supreme Court employee could still serve in Correctional in Mandaluyong an order releasing a woman we assist, detained since 1998.

Our INC friends should be reminded of the story of the new arrival from Ireland, wildly swinging his arms in New York, and hit and bloodied a cop on the nose, who wanted to book him. “But, this is the land of the free, I can swing my arms any way I want to.”

“Young man, your right to swing your arms end where my nose begins.”

We need regulations and predictability in a mature society.”

A few hours ago he tried to reach the Family at TS but as usual was prevented by the Church Administration to enter the premises. (Credits to Kelly Ong)